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South African City Set to Seize Land in National ‘Test Case’

Farm worker Mogoala Justice Ratalele stands near his boss farmer Hans Bergmann after an incident in which he was held at gunpoint. A long campaign of violence against the country's farmers, who are largely white, has inflamed political and racial tensions nearly a quarter-of-a-century after the fall of apartheid. PHOTO: Epoch Times/AFP/Gulshan Khan/Getty

By Krista Mahr | 19 October 2018

AP — As South Africa’s passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a “test case” for the nation — the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners, without paying for it, to build low-cost housing.

Like other South African cities, Ekurhuleni faces a dire housing crunch, with some 600,000 of its nearly 4 million people living in “informal settlements” and a shortage of land to build homes.

Last month, Ekurhuleni’s city council voted in favor of forging ahead with “expropriation without compensation,” a legal tool that the ruling African National Congress says is necessary to correct the historic injustices of apartheid and distribute land more equitably. […]

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